Gen III Prius Owners Report Brake Failures

NHTSA Office of Defects reports at least 33 complaints filed.

Published: 29-Dec-2009

Dozens of owners of the latest, third generation Toyota Prius hybrid have filled complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, alleging that they have experienced brake failures, according to

The story says that the Office of Defects Investigation has at least 33 complaints that allege a problem or safety defect, often about the design or performance of the braking system, which recharges the battery when the Prius decelerates.


2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid

Although the Fusion Hybrid isn't a plug-in, it does recapture 94 percent of the energy lost to braking.

2010 Toyota Prius has aircraft cockpit-like feel.

The second generation Prius attracted more than 10,000 orders in the U.S. in four days after its release in 2003.

2010 Honda Insight gets estimated 41 mpg combined.

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